Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals

Album Review by Simon Jay Catling | 30 Jul 2014
  • Grumbling Fur – Preternaturals
Album title: Preternaturals
Artist: Grumbling Fur
Label: The Quietus Phonographic Corporation
Release date: 11 Aug

There'd be browned pants galore, should any of the current delay-pedal toting garage rock crop masquerading as 'psychedelic' delve as deeply into the mind's eye as Grumbling Fur. Some-time Thrill Jockey artist Alexander Tucker and Ulver and Sunn O))) collaborator, Daniel O'Sullivan use their third LP together, Preternaturals to explore more deeply the nebulous haze that engulfed predecessor Glynnaestra's acid-drenched drone-pop.

The curious idiosyncrasy of their double-tracked vocals sounds almost Gregorian as they cut through All The Rays' euphoric day-rise glow, and congeal with the melting strains that drip down Secrets of The Earth's foundations. Mister Skeleton's pondering on duality shines a shamanistic light across proceedings, an extremely Tucker-esque sense of countryside earthiness imbuing its string-underpinned façade.

There's space galore on this record too; so much in fact, that Tim Burgess creeps in among the hypnotic fug on the subtly propulsive Lightsinisters – sounding instantly at home in Grumbling Fur's invitingly surreal world.